Death Stranding hits harder in the wake of lockdown

I recently read Hideo Kojima’s The Creative Gene, a collection of articles written by the designer on a variety of pop culture topics: re-releases of the cartoons he loved watching as a child, reviews of new science fiction novels, and retrospectives on fascinating topics. Movies. As anyone interested in Kojima’s work might expect, it’s a book that veers between searing insight and a weary navel stare. You get absorbed in some pages, and your eye moves to the next paragraph on another.

While the book is a small bag of articles with no real cross lines, it does have a theme – loneliness. When Kojima writes on a particular topic, his tendency is to relate it to periods of his life, some of which are described in great detail. The book is full of ghosts, Kojima’s father in particular, and how Kojima thinks of certain actions related to his first experiences of them in the context of his own life. While the general tone of things always comes down to victory—Kojima is never shy about adding a nod to his hugely successful role—it’s a book that is triggered by feelings of isolation and, in some cases, useless regret.